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wrote this book called "kabuki democracy" the system vs. barack obama" originally when i talked about this book in washington i thought i may have to explain no, i do not think obama lurched too far to the left and has to be brought back to the right. that is the narrative. where was i? here is the thing. barack obama invited me to dinner in 2005 and i really did not have a strong opinion of the guy going in. i did not want to this is speech in 2004 i was playing poker that night. because i never watch a convention because it is either great and depress he is not the nominee like it would have been a -- would have been. so it did not matter. you might as well have fun. i did not see it but i wind had dinner completely cold. i heard nice things but nothing specific. i was blown away by his boys, self-confidence, and good humor and strong progressive orientation and remember leaving the restaurant walking around a neighborhood in washington d.c. may be thinking my daughter who at the time was seven, would one day be able to vote for this man in the presidential election. i never imagine
at brooklyn college and cuny graduate school. he claims president obama has been unable to deliver on his campaign pledges. mr. alterman points to the american political system as the main obstacle in preventing passage of a more progressive agenda. eric alterman discusses his book at busboys and poets in washington, d.c. the program is just over an hour. >> the right wing that i am these days. a did a tour a few years ago, everywhere i went someone would call up the bookstore and say that i was sick and i had to cancel. and when i was doing a bookstore in l.a., they called c-span to cancel and c-span called me and said, you know, we're sorry you're sick and i said, well, i'm not sick. and the event went on but somebody killed all the electricity in the store while i was speaking. and it was one of those stores i don't want to disparage hippies or anything but -- it was one of those stores where nobody knew where the fuse box was. [laughter] so i had to hold the audience for 45 minutes while they found out how to get the electricity back on. [laughter] >> and i don't have 45 minutes worth
by saying a few things about president obama and his the engagement strategy because his readiness to talk to the end of me was one of the most distinguishing features of his presidential campaign and reset with russia and trying to negotiate and trying to reach out to syria is unusual foreign policy. i want to offer some thoughts on how the average has gone and where it is likely to head in the months ahead. for starters coming in trying to answer the question when and why, i went back through history to find as many cases as i could wear longstanding rivals found their way to peace. the earliest case and look at is the foundation of switzerland where what is today the alpine region region, along and a maze of each other what became a swiss confederation, i look at the formation of a iroquois a confederacy which was born in 1450 in a small town that still exist today when the five iroquois a tribes came together they were killing each other literally for centuries from 14531777 of the single iroquois tribe died in battle with another iroquois. 1853 as system that preserve peace among the
president obama and his engagement strategy because his readiness to talk to the enemy was in some ways one of the most distinguishing features of his presidential campaign and also of his time as president. reset with russia, reaching out to cuba, trying to negotiate with ron, trying to reach out to syria. this is an unusual form policy. a lot to offer some thoughts on how that every test on and where it is likely to head in the months ahead. so, for starters in trying to answer this question when and why peace breaks out i went back and just wait widely through history where longstanding rivals found their way to peace. they moved from india to amity. the earliest case i looked at is the foundation of switzerland in 1291 when three in what is today the alpine region, along enemies of its other forms when it became the swiss confederation. i look at the formation of the iroquois confederacy in upstate new york which was born in 1450 in the small town that still exists today. these five tribes came together. they had been killing each other and eating each of the literally for centuries. fr
about president obama and his engagement strategy. because his readiness to talk to the enemy was in some ways one the most distinguishing features of his presidential campaign and also of his time as president. reset with russia, reaching out to cuba, trying to negotiation with iran, trying to reach out to syria. this is an unusual foreign policy. so i want to offer some thoughts on how that outreach has gone and where it's likely to head in the months ahead. so for starters, i'm trying to answer this question when and why peace breaks out, i went back and i just read widely through history to find as many cases that i could where long standing rivals found their way to peace. where they moved from entity to antty. the earlier case i look at is the foundation of switzerland in 1291. where three forests in the alpine region long enemies of each other formed what became the swiss confederation. i look at the formation of the indians in upstate new york which was born in 1450 in a small town that still exists today. when the tribes came together, they had been killing each other
to the present sharia law and leadership of the, of the ayatollahs. >> how has president obama done handling the middle eastern sense? >> i think he's done quite well the last three weeks in handling the egyptian situation. at first, he and the secretary of state and the vice president were saying that mubarak was our friend, that we needed to have stability and that someday there might be a change there, and we trusted mubarak to make the changes. that was the first series of statements made by the president and all of his subordinates. but as the teems changed from -- times changed from one week to another, they became more and more supportive of the dissidents who were demonstrating against mubarak and then, finally, the president announced that he wanted to see the changes made to a democracy and freedom now. and that's when mubarak responded very angrily that he wouldn't respond to outside pressure. so i would, i would say that in general that obama has handled egypt very well, about the same way i would have handled it the same way if i were in office. [laughter] i probably would have
will speak to the topic of advice to president obama 2012, a look at the cuban missile crisis in 1962 and what it tells you about military leadership and advice in crisis. it's an apt topic given that this evening president obama will be providing -- giving his state of the union address which we will broadcast in this room immediately following ambassador gregg's remarks tonight. so if you'd like to stay for that, you could. and we can see if, in fact, president obama takes the advice that ambassador gregg is going to offer. ambassador gregg will speak for about 45 minutes. after which he'll take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around, for people to use for question time. so please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. well, from somebody for the third century he looks pretty good. [laughter] >> you completely blew my cover and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancy's book. my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was, why is george
obama, just made a big trip there last fall on bush's foreign policy emphasis on building a new and substantively new relationship with india, and really after the enormous disappointments of a long term u.s. strategic partnership with pakistan, this is not a new recommendation. we had a partnership with pakistan, but it failed in some respects. i definitely want to get back to that, and then, of course, your third area you look at which is iran, iraq, the destablization caused by the u.s. invasion of iraq and your recommendation that ultimately we're going to have to find a mixing in china moment here where no matter how it seems, we come to some kind of different accommodation where even perhaps a new alliance with iran, so let's take those three with israel and palestine first. >> guest: we are committed to the survival of israel. that's not an issue. if iran were to develop nuclear weapons which the israelis say is 35 years out, that's a different issue. in 1973-74, it was. at that time we gave $3 billion in aide which was 25% of gdp, which today is 1.5% of gdp. the relation
election he warned that barack obama's presidency would be like a jimmy carter second term. the joke didn't need any explanation. democrats responded to the differences between obama and president carter, not by defending the former president. even if carter became known for having one of the most active post presidential careers in american history, his time in the white house has remained a symbol of failed presidential leadership. over the past few months there have been many commentators who have compared obama to carter rather than fdr, and the nuns or ronald reagan. the point is clear. in contemporary political debate and in most history textbooks carter is consistently remembered as a president who failed to articulate a compelling political vision and who was unable to hold his party together. the image of a worn down carter hold up in the white house desperately trying to resolve the iran hostage crisis in to the final hours of his term became almost as iconic as the images of president john f. kennedy huddled with his brother robert trying to avert a nuclear war during the cuban
was, that he did it just for nations expectations and even present obama has said many kind things about your father is a leader and as a president. which is why i was interested in one of the things you wrote in the book. use it given the fact that every republican holds up reagan as the standardbearer, the one piece of common ground that i think unites the whole republican party. you right in the book ronald reagan couldn't win the republican nomination today. what you mean by that? >> guest: what i mean by that, i had this conversation with newt gingrich a while back. i said it is interesting that the liberals seem to only need the ideology to follow. conservatives are always looking for someone to lead them and if that person is and there they break into factions. and to get all these different factions all over the map, and so what i say there there is if ronald reagan is president and throws his hat into the ring in 2008 or 2012 who would in fact attack him because all you can look at would be his gubernatorial years. signing no-fault divorce, raise taxes, sign an abortion bi
for 2012 is best, making barack obama a one-term president. [applause] >> stand up. stand up. stand up. i think you are up for it. i am, too. this is it. this is the real world. this is when you count. that's why it's important. that's what all of our chips are on 2012. this is it. you are up for. i'm in. year in. so why is it so important? why are we on our feet? why are we up for 2012? it's important for this reason. because your future is personally tied into the result of the next election. it's that important i want to give you just a few facts. when the liberals took over the house of representatives, the national debt was $8 trillion. atlas at january 2007. $8 trillion. even for liberals that's a lot of money. that's how much it was, but during the next four years that the liberals held sway here in our nation's capital and nations credit card, get this, the liberals drove the debt up another $6 trillion, to now 14 trillion. and we are being asked once again to raise the debt ceiling. have you heard about that? raise the debt ceiling. think about this. think about the context. it t
of a potentially invigorated new alliance with of course president obama just made a trip there last fall. this falls on actually bush's foreign policy emphasis on building a new and substantively different kind of relationship with india and really after the enormous disappointment of a long-term u.s. strategic partnership with pakistan this isn't a new recommendation. we had a partnership with pakistan that seems to have failed in some respects. i definitely want to get back and then your third area that you look at which is iran, iraq, the destabilization caused by the u.s. invasion of iraq and the recommendation you have to find a mixing in china moment where no matter how unpalatable it may seem we come to some different a combination or perhaps new kind of alliance with iran. israel and palestine first. >> guest: we are committed to the survivalist is real tough -- israel. the weapons that israel say rf3 to five years out, that's another issue but under the current circumstance, the issue is not the survival of israel. in 1973, 74, it was the relationship itself, the foundation is i
time coming that he didn't just antithen-president obama has said many kind things about your father as a leader and as a president, which is why i was interested. one of the things you wrote in your book, given the fact every republican holds up reagan as the standard, the one piece of common ground that unites the whole party, you write in the but ronald reagan couldn't win the republican nomination today. what do you mean by that? >> guest: what i mean by that is i had this conversation with new gingrich alana backend i said it's interesting, the liberals seem to need the ideology to follow. conservatives are always looking for someone to lead them. and if that person isn't there they break into factions and you get all these different factions all over the map. so what i say is if ronald reagan is never present and he throws his hat into the ring in 2008 or for 2012, who would in fact attack him? all you could look at what the his gubernatorial years, raise taxes, an abortion bill, and my god, he was a union leader. so you sit there and think about the ads that would come out aga
of a potentially invigorated new alignment with india. of course, president obama just made a trip there last fall. this falsehood actually bush's foreign policy's foreign policy emphasis on building a new substantively different kind of relationship with india. and really, after the appointment of a long-term you a strategic partnership with pakistan, this is not a new recommendation. we've had a partnership with pakistan. it seems to fail in some key respects, so i want to get back to that. and then, of course, your third area that you look at which is iran, iraq, the destabilization caused by the u.s. invasion of iraq, and your recommendation that ultimately we will have to find a sort of nixon and china moment here where no matter how unpalatable it may seem we have come to some kind of different kind of accommodation, or even perhaps a new kind of alliance with iran. so let's hit israel and palestine first. >> guest: we are committed to the survival of the region. the survival of is she real is not an issue. if iran were to develop nuclear weapons, which israelis now say is 35 years out, that
prospect of a potentially invigorated alliance with president obama just made the big trick last fall and this falls on bush's foreign policy emphasis on building a new substantively different kind of relationship with india and really after the enormous disappointment of the long term partnership we have a partnership with pakistan it seems to have failed in some respects. but i definitely want to get back to that and of course your fear. but you look at is iran, iraq, the destabilization caused by the u.s. invasion of iraq and your recommendation that ultimately we are going to have to find the nixon and china moment where no matter how unpalatable it may seem we come to some different kind of accommodation or even a new alliance with iran. so let's take those three. israel and palestine first. >> guest: we are committed to the survival of israel. it is something that's not an issue. if you're on what to build a nuclear weapon, which the israelis say is now three to five years out, that's another issue. but the current circumstances is not the survival of israel. in 197374 their it
's expectations. even president obama has said many times things about your father as a leader and as president, which is why i was interested in one of the other things he wrote in the book. he said given the fact of republican hopes of reagan as the one piece of common ground that a few nights the whole republican party, you write in the book ronald reagan couldn't have won the republican nomination today. what you mean by that? >> guest: what i mean by that -- i had this conversation with new gingrich awhile back and i said it's interesting that the liberals seem to only need ideology to follow. conservatives are always looking for someone to lead them. and if that person isn't there then they break into factions. and you get all these different fiefdoms, factions all over the map. and so what i say is ronald reagan is never president and he throws his hat into the ring in 2008 for 2012, who would in fact attack him because all you can look it is the gubernatorial years, say no fault divorce. raised taxes, an abortion bill. my god, he was a union leader. now, so you sit there and think about
a -- adjust the nation's expectations. many kind things have been said by mr. obama about your father as a leader and president. one of the things you wrote in the book, given the fact that every republican holds him up as the standard bearer, the one piece of public ground. you write in the book, ronald reagan could not win the republican nomination today. >> guest: i had this conversation with newt gingrich. they said, you know, it's interesting. the liberals seem to only knee that ideology to follow. conservatives are always looking for someone to lead them. if that person isn't there they break into factions. you get all these different factions all over the map. so what i say there is if ronald reagan is never present and throws his hat into the ring in 2008 or 2012, who would, in fact, attacking? all you could look at would be his gubernatorial years. the no-fault divorce. raise taxes. sign the abortion bill. my god, he was a union leader. you sit there and think about the ads that come out against him. anti-tax, raise taxes. anti-abortion, abortion. pro marriage, you know, no-f
and liberalism? >> guest: i don't think it is liberalism. it has come to me and social democracy. and obama approved it this time around. it has been less then liberal for a long time. liberal is the liberalism of john locke and subsequent liberals. nineteenth century liberals. i am a nineteenth century liberal but we have been coopted by liberalism. at some point in the progressive movement the progressives took the word liberal and used it for their own purposes. will liberals of the american experience are the liberals of the founding fathers and the liberals of the conservative movement. we are real liberals but this is an argument that will take a long time to workout. >> host: in your 1992 book "the clinton crackup" you said given the right disposition a liberal can be a conservative and a conservative can be a liberal. why have more students of politics not made this conciliatory point? >> i am afraid that politics today, the lines are drawn and you are either on my side or their side. that is a shame. in the 20s people could be liberal on some things and conservative on other things
in the town hall meeting set to face than the obama admin is patient first unveiled its health healte plan to the american people, an awakening that continued with development of the tea party movements and an awakening that became real even do some skeptics in washington but a lot of the folks who pooh-poohed the new awakening monster jobs in november. [applause] remember when it all started and nancy pelosi -- you remember she used to be beaker of the house. [laughter] nanci polybius says this is a crest tops movement and initiated. i sat at a time when a member of congress and i worked to put together after. we all have to get to turn a town hall meetings. and if we ever get five or six or seven to go, that was considered a great success. no member of congress regardless of his ideology, regardless of his party, regardless of his willingness to stand with the president who went to his home district and phase 2000, 1500 or 2000 constituencies -- constituents are upset with the direction the country was taken could really sit back and see me at the company you are right about that. so as
, was progressive spur obama. i'm always understand progressives and liberals to be on the left. not the communist left. there's the full spectrum. you have the very far left, marxist, lennonist, then you move over, democratic socialist. this group progressives for obama, one the initiators was the one who wrote the statement. one the 99 signers was jane fonda. we know what happened with vietnam. mark rudd who was in sds in columbia. i mean a lot of the people, they weren't just student radicals, they were communist. they were followers of fidel, or mark rudd in his book "underground" said that michael clonsky was a stalinist. it's amazing how many people won that are in academia. they are now out calling themselves progressives for obama. and so what do they really believe. are they now just lifting the progressive label? have they changed their views? it's hard to say. i quote in the book, fascinating assessment from mark rudd of the 2008 election where rudd says, you know, obama, he did it. he did it. he didn't blow it. he said just the right things and took the right policy positions to be abl
barack obama and his liberal agenda. now, that being said there's a couple of things that are not being discussed additionally disturbing because they are not being addressed. that first and foremost is the immigration and its inextricable ties to cripple activity and fundamental islamic extremism. and they are tied. now, i promise i will be short. look, as americans where entity generations that came before us and you know this un-american unapologetic appeasement by this president to these fundamentalist islamic groups thinking that they will coddle us and they're going to accept us for what he is saying is a big joke. now, i have a little bit of a message to all these self proclaimed politically correct and practicing peacefully practicing muslims, and, you know, collect my thoughts year. a lot of them, some here in this very same room and maybe backstage, there are sympathizers. they pretty much, they turn a blind eye to what the issue is that if they continue to turn a blind eye to the problem that is fundamentalism, whether they turn a blind eye to the cousin, brother, father, who
will speak to the topics of advice to president obama in 201, look to the cuban missile crisis to what it tells you about presidential leadership in a military crisis. it's an apt topic given this evening president obama is providing or giving his state of the union address which we will broadcast in this room immediately following ambassador greg's remarks tonight, so if you'd like to stay for that, you can. we'll see if president obama takes the advice that the ambassador is willing to offer. he'll speak for about 45 minutes to which after he'll take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around for people to use for question time. pleas join -- please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald greg. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] well, for somebody from the third century, he looks very good. [laughter] you completely blew my cover, and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancey's book. in my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was why is george w. bush s
some because late 2009 into early 2010 as obama's numbers were taking across-the-board on all the issues. one issue, barack obama had a plurality of support and approval on terrorism and national security. the question is this why did this politics happen when the reality everyone seems to be otherwise to answer that we have pat caddell and john mclaughlin. >> hi am not trusting with anything mechanical. >> you are setting me up for the fall. >> watching what is happening in egypt this could not be a more perfect panel. watching president obama reminds me of charlie brown and the football. every time you think he is gone he is back. the point joel just made that is important to discuss, we are here on behalf of secure america now organization when you go to their web site, in the same spirit of my friend richard dreyfuss who are am happy to see here. we are stunned by a lot of people for being here but the idea of this group is a grassroots to new group and grass-roots effort to developed -- to secure america, input into our political discourse the point joel just made. 9% of
president obama had an interesting question when he came into office, how to define the war, the war until. i think the liberal side of the democratic party would have likened him to redefine. i think that would be naÏve on multiple levels for store. al qaeda has been a war with us since 1998 when they blew up our embassies in africa. they declared war on us. big guns warlike things for us to kind of weekend it is a war. i think would be wrong. on the other hand, acting president george w. bush, he also overestimate the problem. al qaeda is a service problem that it's not more so. i don't think we have the language to explain it exactly because it is a form of warfare but the newest form of warfare in terms of american historical terms is perhaps the war of the pars in the late 18th century. which was a war but it wasn't an interstate war. and it wasn't, you know, going to destroy the republic. >> host: one of the difficulties of naming it, we weren't afraid to say indian wars were as since 9/11 we've essentially been afraid to say islamist wars because of the war on islam in because that
president of the united states, barack obama. that was in obama's years in the latter 1970s in hawaii. and i first started reading about frank marshall davis and obama in 2007/2008. i heard conservatives on talk radio, on blogs and elsewhere saying frank marshall davis was a communist, a party member. he influenced obama. and meanwhile while i'm hearing all of this stuff i have spread all over my desk all these committee reports, right? senate judiciary committee run by democrats because. house committee internal security run by democrats, house committee un-american activities. run by democrats. most of these people who ran these committees were democrats. chris dodd's father, thomas dodd, right? francis walter, representative i-court, jack kennedy was an anticommunist on some of these committees. so i hear this and i'm thinking, okay, what does he really believe? what does davis really believe? and how close was he to obama? august 2nd, 2008, a.p. piece, davis was a constant figure in obama's early life. he was an important influence to obama looked to like a father, a mentor for advice on
day. we dealt know how long the protests will continue. on president obama billion dollar transportation department budget for 2012. the transportation secretary was our guest on this morning's washington journal. it's 40 minutes.contin screen making aking return visit to thea washingtol journal we are pleased to have the secretary of transportation ari lahood. t we want to talk about the budget but i want to starte budget but i want to start with a budget battle in florida over high-speed rail because you are right in the middle of it. tell our audience about. guest: the governor decided he did not want to move ahead -- after two decades of planning by rail enthusiasts and government officials, after a very strong commitment on the floor of the legislature come after our commitment to give the second largest amount of high-speed rail money, over $2 billion, the governor made the decision that he doesn't want to move ahead with this. we have really accommodated every concerned that he had. i met with the governor on three different occasions and we talked about high-speed
objection. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president. this week, president obama gave a speech about health care, or actually i guess it was last week now. the speech was at a fancy hotel near washington, and he told jokes to make everyone laugh and sad stories to endear his audience further to his cause. the president said, as he has many times before, his law will lower the cost of health care. president obama knows how to give a good speech and he also knows how to tell it like it isn't. while president obama was busy selling his policies on the stump, others were busy analyzing the real effects of his health care law. it's not limiting cost. now, we heard some of the figures given by the democrats here from the congressional budget office but we have to expose that they're really playing with numbers. if you tell the congressional budget office to take $500 billion from medicare that's already bankrupt and can't pay doctors to see patients, but you take $ 500 billion and call that savings that are created by obama-care -- that's part of where they get their money. the other part is to raise
universal health care. >> yes, sir. >> caller:... [inaudible]. i gather that mr. tyrrell, still... obama care and wonder why the u.s. is so... [inaudible]. >> doctor, are you in favor of the health care plan, that passed last year? >> caller: i am... the obama health care plan, i think it did only a partial, partially satisfactory and would prefer something more on the style of the european or japanese plan or the canadian plan. >> thank you, sir. >> well, rights now, the japanese and europeans are fixing up their entitlement expense and they have a huge ex-suspension and are rioting in the streets. we don't have that yet and we can still avoid it and we can provide health care through private -- through the private medical system that is far more efficient and effective than obamacare. so, i'm going to stick with the future that works. privatization. i hope we don't go into public health care, because, i think that it would just, if you want to know what -- where it leads, well, it leads to greece, to spain, and, right now, they are faced with the terrible problem. and we have -- don't
to clinton to george w. bush to barack obama, americans have been told they were at war because al qaeda and its allies are motivated by hatred for liberty, way of life and space institutions. this is a palpable and lethal why. we are being attacked because of the half century relentless innovation and the muslim world. it is in the can of the defense pact 50 years of intervention that we find the main motivation of america's islamist enemies as well as the principal organizational glue that provides the modicum of unity to the movements always fragile cohesion. the islamist motivation is to be found in the perception of u.s. foreign policy as an attack on the islamic religion and its followers. this is a view that is held not only by those carrying the ak-47s, but its extensive polling by reliable western pollsters as reliable by nearly 80% of all muslims worldwide, young and old, moderate and militant, men and women. nell minnow american must accept the islamist indictment of the entire muslim intent of the foreign policy. but to defeat the economic ruin and the widespread domestic vio
just said. you said that you had a personal interaction with obama and were very impressed with his ideas and how they fit into a progressive agenda. then those of us that live in the press to the agenda seemed disappointed. but then we also want to present these ideas that he was a very much fighting and coming up against the whole system that we know is in place. perry much discouraged this agenda and the way that we want to presented and the way that many people in this country feel and believe it needs to big balanced. you know, my hope is that he understands all the things that you understand and that the progressives understand in terms of how the system works and it will be dealt with. on some level he has a plan in terms of dealing with the obstruction that he is going to come up with in terms of delivering what it is that we really help from his campaign he was going to be able to deliver and whether or not there should be some hope, i guess, is what i'm looking for, ultimately if he gets another term he will be able to deliver on. >> good question. well said. i think he ca
to the obama administration's foreign policy. we also know that now as of late january you are the most-traveled secretary of state. out of that we also know that you have traveled to asia eight times in two years. that is more than most secretaries of state. your articulation of smart power as the basis of foreign policy has meant that nontraditional issues such as women's rights, educational exchanges and true public/private partnerships for tackling major global issues have received higher attention than ever before. it's not surprising that in many parts of the world you're treated like a rock star. most importantly, you have used all the implements in your tool kit to create a dynamic and effective foreign policy for our nation. we've assembled a special group of our patrons and friends of richard. we also have a large group of people from all over the world joining us virtually, and i should add that in addition to our san francisco center, we also have colleagues in houston and hong kong listening to this along with all of you with who are on our live webcast. at the asia society
social democracy, and obama proved it this time around. but it's been less than liberal for a long time. i think liberal is the liberalism of john locke and be be -- subsequent liberals, 19th century liberals. i'm a 19th century liberal, but we've been co-opted by liberalism. at some point i think in the progressive movement the progressives took the word liberal and used it for their own purposes. but they, the liberals of the american experience are the liberals of the founding fathers and the liberals of the conservative movement. we are real liberals, but this is an argument that will take a long time to work out. >> host: in your 1992 book, "conservative crack-up," you wrote, given the right disposition, a liberal can be a conservative, and a conservative can be a liberal. why have more student t of politics not made this conciliatory point? >> guest: well, i'm afraid that politics today is, the lines are drawn, and you're either on my side, or you're on their side. and that's a shame. because in the '20s people could be liberal on some things and conservative on other things, and
with the republicans, and by the time barak obama ran for president, they got more, but the price of that was a betrayal of the working class that traditionally the democratic party and liberal institutions had once protected. our great failure for those of us who care about ordinary, the rights of ordinary citizens is that in 1994 with the passage of nafta, we did not stand up for the working class and turn our back on the democratic party. we continued to support democratic politicians who spoke in the traditional language of liberalism, but betrayed every single core liberal value. welfare reform, we now face the prospect with this new midterm election of unemployment benefit s for tens of millions of citizens running out or being allowed to run up without being extended which will mean that many of these people will have to attempt to survive on the $143 a month you receive from welfare curtesy of the democratic party. the deregulation of the banking system, the deregulation of the fcc, i just spent the fall teaching at the university of toronto, and they don't have a banking
you for those observations. i enjoyed that very much. >> president barak obama set congress a $3 trillion budget today. it calls for $1 trillion in savings over the next decade with tax increases. he explains what's in the budget and what's getting cut. that's coming up in 15 minutes here on c-span2. in the meantime, looking at president obama's at a middle school in baltimore talking about the budget plan. this is about 10 minutes. >> well, good morning, everybody. i am here at parkville middle school and center of technology outside of baltimore with secretary arnie duncan and jack lou. we are unvailing the budget, and doing so for a reason. i want to thank principal buddy parker for showing us around and as well as the 8th grade science teacher who we just visited with in her classroom. over the last few weeks, i've traveled the country talking about what we need to do to win the future, talked about the need to invest in innovation so that the next big idea is discovered here in the united states of america. i've talked about the need to invest in high speed rail and high-spe
i say in the book president obama had an interesting question when he came into office which is how to define the war on terror. i think the liberal side of the democratic party and a lot of europeans would like him to redefine it is a police action against terrorists and that would have been naive on multiple levels. al qaeda has been at war with us since 1998 certainly when the blue of our embassies in africa. the declared war on us and they have done war-like things. on the other hand i think president george w. bush is a cause eye existential conflict which he did nine days after 9/11. al qaeda is a serious problem but it's not more not to communism. i don't think we had the language to explain exactly because it is a form of warfare with the nearest form of warfare in terms of the american historical terms is perhaps the war against the barbary pirates in the 18th-century which is not certainly war but it wasn't an interstate war, and it wasn't to destroy the republican. >> here are a few of the upcoming book fairs and festivals from around the country. he here's a portion of o
guidelines were developed during the end of the bush administration and ultimately approved under the obama administration and signed by the current attorney general. the key piece here, if i may, is that you have to -- obviously, there are going to be places where you have to do law enforcement investigations. in my view, you have to have a balanced approach of not just those law enforcement investigations, but you have to engage with those communities with other non-law enforcement elements of the u.s. government to make sure this is not an adversarial situation. in fact, this is a partnership. and as you know well, many of our tips to uncover active terrorist plots here in the united states have come from the muslim community. so we have to make quite clear that the communities are part of the solution and not part of the problem. and you do that through using a variety of tools, not just law enforcement. >> time of the gentlelady has expired. dr. brown of georgia. >> thank you, mr. chairman. secretary, director, i appreciate y'all being here today. i have several pressing questions for
only 62 of president barack obama's judicial nominees in the past two years compared to 100 for george w. bush and 128 for bill clinton during the first two years of their president these. we had 875 federal judgeships and we now have 101 vacancies. that's an extraordinarily high number. 49 of those vacancies are described as judicial emergencies. most recently, the tragic death of judge john roll brought attention to this curse is. he was at the safeway in tucson to talk with gabby gifford about this very issue, about judicial vacancies in arizona and his death has resulted in arizona now been added to the list of emergencies. this vacancy crisis is obviously not a partisan issue. it's an issue about the integrity of our court and the administration of justice for the american people. on the heels of just as anthony kennedy, calling attention to this problem, a group of circuit judges led by chief judge alec kaczynski, a reagan appointee wrote to senators reid and mcconnell, urging them strongly to fill the vacant in chief justice robert highlighted this crisis in his year-end state o
they see coming from leaders like president obama, when he campaigned in 2008, the trade costs jobs. that puts a tremendous amount of pressure on you and on me and everybody else up here when we try to tell them no, exporting and trade actually is going to grow our economy. and i think the president is disadvantaged when it now he says we're going to grow the economy by exporting, and by the way, not talking about trade agreements, because he is one of many who has said trade has cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. .. it can create more jobs in america and create a better america for all of us and our kids. >> you heard mr. brady talk about my work as a mayor. i always pride i covered myself with my principle the truth is always an option. unfortunately, i don't know that either one if you think this is wrong. one thing we are doing is going to places like cleveland and detroit, not just going to dallas and washington and others in talking truthfully about what the promise of treaties. but it also means that we have to have a less tenure to go see we need help. one of the things
hero of modern-day medicine. he was exonerated and had to raise $3 billion. long story. when obama passed a wonderful health care law, there is john dingell standing next to the president and how wonderful. this man probably cause the death of women with breast cancer because the trial was delayed two or three years but then with the health care bill, did anybody question to the doctors were lowered there expertise when betsy macquarie had a forum. >> i am sorry. >> there was a forum here so my question is, what do we do to get trained physicians in public relations to go about it? we do work that nobody knows about. >> i completely agree that the clinicians and scientists are terrible at interacting with the media. i will tell you why and how we can get better part of the reason it is true as a pediatrician, we are nice people. we're not good at confrontation and even bad. a scientist like a -- you're not trained to work with the media you are taught to be critical of your day and circumspect and it is hard to make a definitive statement like mmr causes autism although you can nev
to fight a soviet fighter that was never built because the soviet union fell apart. and something the obama administration ferry much wanted to end the program and members of congress and lockheed martin had other ideas. ultimately lockheed martin lost the battle but it is instructive why they lost, how it was fought. it is a glimpse into the industrial complex at work. and a surprise ending. so i am going to do this by way of some excerpts from my book. this is the very beginning. it is a striking and. and intimidating combat aircraft in the background with the slogan up front in all capital letters. three hundred million protected. 95,000 employed. the ad for lockheed martin's f-22 fighter plane is part of the last gasp effort to save one of its most profitable weapons from being terminated in standard budget parlance. it scores times in print, on political websites, even in washington's metro. one writer at the washington post joked that lockheed martin's bras of full-page ads was the main thing keeping the paper afloat. and jumping ahead of a little bit, as soon as there was even a whis
to then secretary of state thomas jefferson protesting slavery to a letter from alice walker to barack obama the day following his election to the presidency. this 50 a minute that was hosted by new york university in new york city. >> thank you, and thank you for being here. thank you so much to my wonderful friend, thank you also to my dean, richard come into the college for hosting this. thank you all for being here at this time, i'm sure that many things you could be doing, doing homework, faculty grading. and so i'm honored that you chose to be here with us. i will bring up to people who will help me read. lee couric who is also my aunt and an accomplished actress. [applause] >> and joshua who is a junior at the college of arts and science. [applause] >> so, as dean farrington said, this was a labor of love. it's one that for five years i worked on going through archives and in anthologies in attics trying to find the letters of african-americans that could help sketch portraits, intimate portraits of the people from the dusty plantation to the white house with the election of barack obama. and
with the turks and our means at the moment. it's been used all over the place, but we, include barack obama in the week, have not yet learned that negotiation, if negotiation is just marketing, it's just another use of strength. but if negotiation is analysis of the problem, and the development of agreed upon solutions to the problem, it's something entirely different. and until you do that, war is never a last resort. if you haven't tried conflict resolution, you can't say war is a last resort just because negotiations broke down. and one more thing about the thing to get back to question, one more thing about the draft issue, one of the things that i think we have to start facing is that even people, the best intentioned people and the most antiwar people find it difficult to look the economic realities of war in the face. one of the economic realities is that we've been practicing what some people call military teams use them. for the past at least 30 years. maybe longer. ever since world war ii perhaps. military-industrial demand has replaced by keynesian economists and others consider
of exercised executive thor, president obama and this administration and i will be in a position where they want to give up that authority, and now, having said that, i do think that one of the things that we are doing so differently in the america's great outdoors is we are listening to what communities want us to do. as one the exarpts within -- exarpts within the report is we will reach out to listen to communities across the united states to find out which of those areas they believe are the ones that are appropriate for monument designation under the antiquities ac and we hear from governors and congressional delegations where there is a unity of wanting to have these very special places protected. >> one of those places i'd like to see is the national park in the north woods in mains. you have to get the congress to go along with that, but i was wondering, do you get frustrated at all? i know you've been to pelican island, florida where the reserves were started and there's board walks and you look at all the things clinton and babbitt for able to decide. do you get frustrated wi
administration and ultimately approved under the obama administration and signed by the current attorney general. the key piece here, if i may, is that you have to -- obviously, there are going to be places where you have to do law enforcement investigations. in my view, you have to have a balanced approach of not just those law enforcement investigations, but you have to engage with those communities with other non-law enforcement elements of the u.s. government to make sure this is not an adversarial situation. in fact, this is a partnership. and as you know well, many of our tips to uncover active terrorist plots here in the united states have come from the muslim community. so we have to make quite clear that the communities are part of the solution and not part of the problem. and you do that through using a variety of tools, not just law enforcement. >> time of the gentlelady has expired. dr. brown of georgia. >> thank you, mr. chairman. secretary, director, i appreciate y'all being here today. i have several pressing questions for both of you. and in the limited amount of time, it will al
. of course right here in washington, where president obama paid a visit to the u.s. chamber of commerce this week. he urged businesses to begin hiring. >> if i've got one message coming messages now is the time in america. now is the time to invest in america. [applause] today american companies have nearly $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheet. i know many of you have told me that you are waiting for demand to rise before you get off the sidelines and expand. science americans out of work, it is more than any of us would like. we are in this together. many of your own economists and salespeople are forecasting a healthy increase in demand. so i just want to encourage you to get in the game. >> in a minute, i will be joined by the secretary of the treasury. either we'll hear from a leading republican senator. we'll hear from the chairman of the federal communications commission, and from u.s. ambassador to china. we'll hear from senior editors in the atlantic. they'll take us through the global economy and they will talk with three young entrepreneurs who are carving out a new nich
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